Happy Birthday VCRocks!

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa!

This weekend is Stampin’ Up!’s Convention weekend.  It also why VCRocks was created.  Virtual Convention Rocks.  This is VCRocks 15 birthday.  We have swaps etc just like you would if you really went to convention.  We chat, stay up giggling just like you would with real convention.

We also have blog hops.  This weekends blog is celebrating birthdays.  You would think I would make a birthday card of some sort.  Nope, not this time.  I decided to imagemake a celebration wreath!  I decided this for two reasons.  One, it gave the opportunity to use up some more of my retired Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Two, I was chatting on VCRocks that I couldn’t wait for my Stampin’ Up! order to come because I want to get some new Christmas DSP Merry Moments, to make some paper wreaths with.  Someone asked if I would share how to make a wreath.  Sure, why not.  Hmmm, did I really want to type that many steps?  Nope, a video must be easier to follow along with.

This type of wreath can be made with simple supplies.  Designer Series Paper and coordinating card stock depending on the reason for your wreath.  I made this for Christmas, Halloween, spring, and now a birthday.  A styrofoam wreath.  I used a 9″ wreath today.  It requires four full sheets of 12″x12″ designer series paper.  For a twelve inch wreath use six full sheets of designer series paper. You’ll also need basic straight pins from the sewing department of the store. Your paper cutter, scoring tool, and a bone folder. I used my Big Shot with the Butterflies Framelits and my beloved magnetic platform.

imageThe project takes a couple hours total.  Sometimes I can sit and do the entire project in one setting.  Other times I do it sections.  Placing the strips of paper in a plastic container and take it with me to my daughter’s activities. The rosette is the part I usually make last. A large bow could be placed on the wreath, or it could be left plain if you like.  That’s the great thing about crafting, you can make your project to fit your style.

Here is a video to watch:

I hope this video inspires you to use some of your pretty designer series paper.  Hang it on the wall where you can enjoy it everyday!  Make this for a friend for a birthday or baby shower.  Add a couple pieces of chocolate for good measure.  If you need more inspiration, visit VCRocks blog hop.

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Creative Blessings,


Cutie Pie Candy Corn-video tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa.

Last week I had a post using the Cutie Pie framelit which featured Rudolf.  You can see it here if you missed it.  I made a Christmas tree as well that day very quickly.  The next time I make a tree, I think I will use Lovely as a Tree to give it some texture.image

The day that I made Rudolf and a tree, I also envisioned candy corn for Halloween.  Is there any occasion this die cannot be used for?  It was meant to be a slice of cake.  It could be a birthday cake; it could be a wedding cake.  It could be a piece of pie. (and just think how many types of pie there are(.

So the first thing I did when I work up was make a cup of coffee and headed to my craft room with my iPad to record a video.

So here is my Cutie Pie Candy Corn Video

Aren’t they just as cute a can be?  I hope you have a great time using this new die from Stampin’ Up!

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Creative Blessings,


Cutie Pie Christmas!

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Chaos!  I have been waiting for the man in brown to show up!  It was a club order and I only ordered one item, but I couldn’t wait for it to get here.

Do you ever get an idea in your head and can’t wait to try it?  I sure did.  I couldn’t wait to try the new Cutie Pie Thinlit.  I know it makes the cutest little cake slices ever.  However, I had a completely different plan for it.  My first idea was Rudolf!

image Isn’t he just the cutest??  Ok, so his eyes look like he may have had a little too much eggnog. :)  His antlers and ears were made using the Flower Fair Framelits.

While I was patiently waiting for the Man in Brown to show up this week; the online group, VC Rocks, announced they were having a blog hop featuring new items from the catalog.  I said I would join if my idea worked out.  This idea worked so well, this was my first attempt.  No altering, no fussing, no mess.  It was great!


As I was cutting out the box, I looked at it and said “wow, thatimage looks like a tree”.  So here was project number two.  Very simple since I was just playing around.  I may make a second attempt later so I can stamp some texture on the tree. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the gold trim actually has some wave to it.  I used the wave blade on the rotary addition on the Stampin’ Trimmer.

I think I am going to have a lot of fun with this die.  Halloween may be next.

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Creative Blessings,



FREE Project Kit When You Join Stampin’ Up!


Have you noticed the government is taking more of your paycheck?  Has that effected your play money for your family?  Would you like to earn extra money and get a discount on your stamping & scrapbooking supplies?  Then become part of the Stampin’ Up family today.

You will get to customize your starter kit with any items you like. Why not become the next member of my team. Not only do you get to custom make your starter kit ($125 of product for $99 plus all the printed material you will need to get started).

You’ll get to pick a FREE project kit
in addition to your starter kit when you join Stampin’ Up! between July 15 and August 31.

Kit Options:
The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.

Option Kit Description Item Total Value


Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit



Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit



Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit 133463



Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle


*click on the flyer above to see the kits.

Here is some additional information about joining Stampin Up!

  • Fact: there is ABSOLUTELY NO obligation to ever sell Stampin Up.  Purchase the kit and give the product away as  gifts if you want.
  • Fact: you are MORE than welcome to attend any of my stamping events, and then go home and purchase what you want from YOURSELF at a 20% discount.

Other perks of joining Stampin’ Up!:

  • YOU CHOOSE: for $99 you receive $125 worth of YOU CHOICE of ANY current product in the Stampin’ UP! Catalog.
  •  Free Shipping: the order ships to you FREE, another 10% savings.
  • Tools of the trade: you’ll receive 8 of the new catalogs as part of your kit.  Share with friends, customers or keep one in every room!  The catalog is THAT good with it’s clean simple design, pretty samples and oodles of stamps!
  • Take that TEST DRIVE: Test our demonstrator discounts and benefits from the time you purchase your kit through the end of your first FULL Quarter.
  • Fill your wish list: enjoy a 1 time benefit of 30% off your first product order of $150 or more (placed within 45 days of joining).  Stock up on the redesigned foam ink pads, stamps and coordinating accessories.
  •  Every day discount: You’ll receive a 20% discount on anything you purchase while you remain active by putting in $300 a quarter in sales.  $400 a month in sales and Stampin’ Up! Will pay YOU an additional percentage above your 20% instant income!
  •  Do it your way: Participate as a hobby demo (just purchase for yourself or your family/friends) or build a business!  Offer online classes, in home private classes, workshops, stamp a stacks and more!  With just $300 a quarter in sales to stay active, you can host just one party a quarter or $100 a month in sales!
  • There’s no risk, no obligation to purchase anything further and no penalty to drop!

Both ways are wonderful opportunities to get lots of wonderful, high quality merchandise.  Contact me today to let me know how you would like to receive your starter kit. Or JOIN ONLINE NOWDon’t miss out on this  Special that ends August 31, 2013.

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PS If you join Stampin Up, you can go to convention next year if you like.  I will be posting my trip later this week.

Day Of Firsts

Today is a day of firsts for me.  First day of Summer Vacation, first day of 10 hour shifts, first day of part time blogging (I will now be posting 3 days a week) , first day of guest stampers.  Loni Holt is a very creative lady.  She can stamp, knit, sew, and many other things too.


Lonis tissue holder

Remember not too long ago, Stampin’ Up! sold fabric?  Well, look at what Loni made out of some small pieces.  A tissue holder.  Isn’t it just adorable?  Who wouldn’t love a pretty little tissue holder like this in their purse?  Loni even has directions to make one of these yourself.  I haven’t sewn for a LONG time but the directions seem straight forward enough that even a beginner sewer could make these as well.

So Thank You Loni for sharing this awesome project with me.  It was certainly happy mail.


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PS wish me luck today as it is my first day of 10 straight hours with a dozen children ages 4-9.  I will be lucky if I get to pee by myself-kuddos to all my daycare friends who do this all year round; I will be lucky to survive the summer.


Last Day Of Second Grade

Today is the last day of school.  Do you remember I posted about this free digital download not too long ago?  I created this for an end of the school year project. Sorry I only took a photo from one angle-someday I will start to remember on 3D items to take photos from different angles.

last day of school packed for you

This was a super fast and easy project.  I would recommend looking at the photo online as you build it.  I forgot the pocket went in the front and mine is on the back.  However, you if don’t tell people you made a mistake, they’ll never know. :)

Add a few small note cards and a couple chocolates and you have a gift almost any teacher would love.  Maybe next year I’ll make some of these for the secretaries for secretary appreciation day.

Supplies needed to create this project:

  • # 134687 Packed For You Designer Template-Free Digital Download

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Chocolate Birthday Cake Of A Different Kind

Here is a birthday cake I made for my June Hostess and dear friend Gail.  I actually used retired designer series paper simply because A) I like it B) it is very cheery and the weather report here is another week of rain….

Gail's Birthday Cake Gail is not only the hostess in June, her birthday is in June as well.  Hmmm, what to make for a hostess gift.  I usually make something with the Big Shot with and dies.  So many of my favorite dies (and the ones I own) retired.  Oh boy, I really don’t know what to make.  Thank goodness for Pinterest.  I found this cake.

Oh it is stinkin’ cute and just perfect.  I even bought the tutorial.  Unfortunately, Michelle was out of town and couldn’t email me the tutorial for a few days.  Ok, let’s play with the chocolate and see how I can get it to stick together since I only had an afternoon to get it done.  Well, I did get it done with lots of glue dots and bakers twine to hold the inside layers together. I sure hope Gail likes it and that she doesn’t got into a diabetic coma LOL.

Supplies to make this project:

  • Designer Series Paper of your choice
  • Coordinating ribbon of your choice (1/4″ or 3/8″ ribbon would probably work best)
  • Nugget chocolates- flavor of your choice
  • Bamboo Skewers from local store
  • # 130619 (w) # 120622 (c) Label Love Stamp Set
  • # 129087 (w) # 129090 (c) A Round Array Stamp Set
  • # 129404 7/8″ Circle Scallop Punch
  • # 118874 2 3/8″ Circle Scallop Punch
  • # 130920 Artisan Label Punch
  • # 113439 Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • # 113468 Scallop Circle Bigz Die

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Packed For You


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Check out this ADORABLE backpack you can make with My Digital Studio. Isn’t it just the cutest?? You can make a gift for a child, teenager, or a hiker. I am going to use this to make this for my daughters teacher.  I think it will be an adorable end of the year thank you gift.  I am not sure if I will put in some note cards or chocolates.

Do you know what is even MORE AWESOME (is that a real term?) about this download?  IT’S FREE. Completely & absolutely free. What you don’t have My Digital Studio yet?  Try it for 30 days.  Also, many of the downloads and printed products for My Digital Studio are 25% off until June 15.  Get your downloads now and start creating instantly.

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Say Thanks A Ton With Coffee

whale kcup holderIn my house, there is no such thing as too much coffee.  My husband drinks coffee by the pot not the cup.

Many people now have the coffee machines that use the specialized coffee pods.  We have a Keurig machine. As do many family members and friends.

I love to give little thinking of you gifts.  Usually they contain some sort of chocolate.  I went a different path with this project.  I saw many samples of K-cup holders on Pinterest.  Many people had different tutorials etc.  I found one I liked and tried it out.  I have only been wanting to make one of these for a year.  I guess somethings you just can’t rush.

My first attempt didn’t look half bad until I realized I had not punched a place for the handle. I STRONGLY recommend you punch the handle before you adhere everything together with red sticky strip.  The punches don’t fit in that small space after the box is put together.  I bet you can guess how I found this out.  Anyhow, I played around with it until I came up with this.

Here is my K-cup tutorial if you would like to try it yourself.  This is a project I sent to everyone who has signed up for my mailing list. If you enjoyed this project, sign up for my newsletter today.

Supplies used to make this project:

  •  # 119682 Marina Mist Card Stock
  •  # 126962 Marina Mist Classic Ink Pad
  •  # 126922 Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
  •  # 129129 (w) # 129132 (c ) Oh, Whale Stamp Set
  •  # 129403 Happy Whale Clearlits Die
  •  # 129267 Bitty Banners Framelits Die
  •  # 113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
  •  # 119850 1 3⁄4” Circle Punch
  •  # 119855 Large Oval Punch
  •  # 104294 Sticky Strip or # 110755 Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive
  •  coordinating ribbon & google eye

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Questions & Answers


 Q&AQ: The new This and That journals look cool. In what ways are people using them?This and That Product Line by Stampin' Up!A: Our latest This and That product line is based on a growing trend of smash books. They go
back to the roots of scrapbooking when people created memory books filled with photos and
mementos. Today’s scrapbooks can truly be a work of art to be cherished as a family heirloom,
but some scrapbookers prefer to go back to a simpler and faster way of capturing what is
happening in their lives. So, are you still wondering what it’s all about?

    • Do you remember doodling in your school notebook? It’s like that!
    • Have you ever created an Imagery Board for your wall or collages of magazine pictures
      that you like or places you want to go? It’s like that!
    • Have you ever had a journal you kept in the past and stopped because you just wanted to
      add a journal entry when you felt inspired instead of chronologically? It’s like that!
    • Have you ever collected ideas and inspiration from several different sources for a
      school project, a home renovation, a wedding, a party, or maybe a garden? It’s like
    • Ever wanted to have a place to add your favorite quotes when you hear them? It’s
      like that!
    • Need a place to collect all your love notes, recipes, or funny quotes from your kids? Yeah,
      it’s like that, too!

I could go on and on because, as with most crafting products, the only limitation for using
This and That journals is your imagination! But, I will leave you with this last idea –
basically, it’s Pinterest on paper. 

This and That Product Line by Stampin' Up!

This and That Product Line by Stampin' Up!

This and That Product Line by Stampin' Up!


As you can tell, this would be a great product for teens, Tweens, mothers, planners, would-be
artists, collectors of pretty things … the list goes on and on. Take a look at this video and
then give it a try and see what inspires you!

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Do It Yourself Tool Caddy

bucketsYesterday I asked what did metal buckets, a lazy Susan & stamping have to do with each other?  Did you figure it out?  I wanted one of those white desk organizers that spin.  Do you think the one department store near us has those? Nope.  Did I want to drive an hour with the cost of gas at almost $4 a gallon?  Nope.  So that left me having to be creative.  I went to the one department store near us and bought a lazy Susan and a package of metal screws. Note to self: next time spend the money on the drill extender bit so you don’t have to screw everything with a screwdriver.

Here is what I ended up with. A custom made organizer that spins LOL. I didn’t measure much of anything.  I tried to get the center b

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ucket in the center and worked around from there.

A person with more tools than a screwdriver, a package of screws and a nail may have been a little more professional than I was.  However, desperate times call for desperate (or creative measures.

side view carouselHere is a side view.  You will notice little white labels at the bottom.  That way I will know what is supposed to go where and hopefully items will stay off my desk top and go neatly into a container.  The test of time and ADD will show if this really works.  It should in theory.  Some retired Stampin Up ribbon around the top to make it look pretty, and to disguise the fact things aren’t spaced evenly.

Now that I have a spinning container to hold pens, snips, glue, bone folders etc.; I can start on week one of Operation 52. Granted I found this challenge when they were on week 10.  (Oh well, better late than never.  I was born on time, running at least 15 minutes late ever since.)  Week one is to conquer desk top clutter.

The sad part is, my desk is clean right up to the moment I create something.  Then it looks like a tornado hit it.  I can’t be the only one who creates that way, am I??

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